November 2020 Wrap Up

Things I read and watched in November!

Romancing the Stone (1984)



About: A romance writer gets to live out here fantasies, when she gets mixed up in a dangerous adventure, to Columbia.

Pros: Just trust me and watch it, it’s a pretty solid movie. And, it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis!

Cons: Are there any?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes, God, Yes (2020)


By first glance this movie could seem like another Ladybird, a coming of age movie set during the early 2000s, that follows a teenager in Catholic school. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.

About: A sheltered teenager starts having her sexual awakening but she has to suppress it do to her faith. I’m not religious and I would say this film isn’t really for religious people.

Pros: I recommend watching this! The acting, script and directing was really good! The film was about and hour and 18 minutes, not quite a normal runtime for a feature length film, BUT I’m glad. If it was any longer it would’ve dragged out.

Cons: Only negative part was the cliche where the girl gives the ‘high school sucks’ speech in front of her class.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman and Kasie West

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Snow and Mistletoe by Kasie West- This was definitely the best story in the collection. Yes, the story was very cliche… And yes, the characters don’t talk like teenagers but other than that the story was cute and fun! 100% the most christmasy one! 4.5/5

Working in a Wonderland by Aimee Friedman- This was okay. The romance was shoved in right at the end, with no set up before. The main character is sarcastic, but no, in reality she’s just mean. What’s with writers using sarcasm as an excuse to be rude? 3/5

The Magi’s Gifts by Melissa de la Cruz- THANKFULLY this was the shortest story. I’m sorry but nobody cares about materialistic teenagers. OOPS. It’s a cliche that I’m tired of seeing in books and movies. TEENAGERS DON’T TALK LIKE THIS! I SHOULD KNOW, I’M A TEEN! Most teenagers don’t care if someone is wearing a Kohl’s jacket TF. 1/5

Grounded by Nic Stone- This was so close to being the same rating for me as the Kasie West one. Almost the whole story takes place over text, just not my favorite thing. Also set in an airport, again just not my thing. But it does have great representation! This is the only story (yikes) in this collection that has poc and lqbtq+ rep. 4/5

Overall Score-

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Poldark: Season 1 (2015)


About: Ross Poldark comes back from the war with no parents, no money, and his love engaged to another man. THE DRAMA. It’s like a soap opera with better actors, production, and thought out story lines.

Pros: Everything about this show is great! Once you start watching, you won’t stop.

Cons: Don’t get me wrong, the cinema-photography is beautiful, but it has a lot of ‘looking in the distance’ shots.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Princess for Christmas (2011)


Yes, the day after Thanksgiving I watched a christmas movie… And what about it?

About: Jules Day takes her niece and nephew to England, to see their grandfather, who happens to have a hot prince son. BTW: they are not related. That’d be gross.

Not gonna lie, I was kinda living for the 2011 fashion.

Pros: It’s a hallmark movie with a bigger budget. Cheesy and formulaic but that’s it appeal!

Cons: The hip hop dance scene. Use of the word ‘ghetto.’

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Addams Family Values (1993)

Hope everyone had a good November! Let me know what you read!

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Books I Started Reading Months Ago (and Haven’t Picked Up Since)

Books I started reading in 2020 and never picked up again. Hahaha. Oops?

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

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when I stopped reading it: I’m an atmospheric reader, so when late June came around, I started to pick up summer books. (June 19 was the last time I picked up the book)

how far I got in it: 392 pages out of 756. (52%)

do I plan to dnf: No, I’ve enjoyed the book so far, it’s just intimidating to pick back up. SO MUCH LEFT.

LadyBird (2017)

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski

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when I stopped reading: July 5.

how far I got: 137 pages out of 208. (65%)

do I plan to dnf: This one I’m super ashamed of not finishing. I LOVED IT while I was reading it but the historical information kept me reaching for it over cute summer contemporaries. I WILL FINISH THIS! NOT SURE WHEN THO…

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

about me

when I stopped reading: May 3, 2020.

how far I got: page 8 out of 180 (4%). I guess I put it down as fast as I picked it up.

do I plan to dnf: It’s not that I didn’t like it but I know the story already. I’ll continue when I’m in the mood.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

about me

when I stopped reading: This was the first book I bought during the pandemic. So I bought it around June (?) and stopped reading it around that time too…

how far I got: page 22 out of 803. (2%)

do I plan to dnf: No. I do have a hard time reading fantasy because of the all the new terms you have to learn, plus this book is a big one.

yes, this if from big time rush…

What books have you not picked up in months? Or even years? The book that’s been on my currently reading the longest (over a year) is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

October 2020 Wrap Up

My reading goal for the year was to read a book a month, because, normally my reading is very irregular. For a few months out of the year I’ll read a bunch of books, others none. This month I was in a reading slump. I had like 6 books I planned to read this month, but I didn’t start reading until the 19th.

Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger

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thoughts: I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t been said. I can’t stop thinking about this book.

Holden Caulfield, the main character, isn’t a love or hate character. Lots of people find him annoying because he’s very angsty, but I actually enjoyed his character. I liked how the book was written like his train of thought, it made the book feel like I was just listening to someone talking.

Not really much of a plot, more of a character driven story. There is an overall theme in the book, I recommend this article to read more about it. (TW: sexual assault)

The book drags near the ending and some of the middle.

quotes i enjoyed: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” (pg. 214)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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thoughts: I was so excited to read this book for October, I thought it’d be a scary read. But sadly, it ended up being super boring.

The over writing really slowed down this book. When something actually was happening in this book the writing would over explain (or be over poetic) to the point where the scene feels lack luster. This book could’ve (and should’ve imo) been like 150 pages. And yet another book I read this month where the ending dragged. SO MUCH.

This was the first Ray Bradbury book i’ve read, are all of them written like this? If so, I’d be hesitant to read anymore by him.

quotes i enjoyed: “Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.” (pg. 176) and “Evil has only the power that we give it.” (pg. 249)

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

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thoughts: THE CUTEST BOOK EVER! This is my first graphic novel and it certainly won’t be the last. I’d just stare at pages because the art is SO PRETTY!

When I just think about this book I smile. I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THIS BUT IT’S SO DARN CUTE!

The story is simple but I don’t see that as a negative, it let’s the art shine.


quotes i enjoyed: “I don’t want October to be over. Because October means you.” (pg. 15) and “Friends don’t let friends live small lives.” (pg. 200)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tv Show:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 1)

Ok not a book but I just had to talk about this show! I just finished season 1 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, it was fantastic. I watched this show when the first season came out on Netflix, which was like 5 years ago. I was too young to understand most of the jokes so watching this now I appreciate how smart this show is. It’s a musical comedy about a New York lawyer, Rebecca Bunch, who moves to West Covina for her high school ex.

The songs in this show are so good! They all play on tropes of normal musical tropes, like instead of a love ballad you get a song about setting for someone. I have at least one song from this show stuck in my head at all times!

The show has well rounded characters, actually funny jokes and smart writing. The only negative thing I can think about this show is sometimes the situations in this show are uncomfortable to watch. (Mostly Rebecca getting caught in lies). But, the show is so well paced that the scene progresses quickly.

I can’t say enough great things about this show!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you for reading! Let me know what you read this month!

Stay safe!